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Written By Jon Peppers

What is REST?

There are a lot of misconceptions about what REST or Representational State Transfer is.  Many people see an example of a REST API and merely think of it as a standard for making URLs to perform create, read, update, and delete (CRUD) operations against a web server.  However, it has nothing to do with how your web service works specifically, but your architecture at a much higher level. The concept of ...

August 04, 2011
development / technology
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Written By Chris Nation

Getting Real - A Book Review

A good book can go a long way in entertaining, educating or creating change. This is the first, in what I hope to be a recurring series, featuring notable literature in the technology and interactive industries. Getting Real by 37signals, is an informative yet groundbreaking approach to developing web applications. The core of the book points at the heart of the strategy and development phases of web applications.&nbs...

August 02, 2011
business
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Written By Chris Nation

Social Media Tools & Tips

Social Media is the future of new media! Instant networking, multi-channeled mediums, and personalized messages! Social Media is changing and has changed the way individuals, businesses and groups communicate! Check out these stats, recommendations, and ideas!...

July 14, 2011
social media
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Written By Chris Nation

Hitcents capabilites in a minute!

Here at Hitcents, we create solutions. Instead of offering cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all products, we bring professional, customized solutions to the table. Whether you are looking for a new website, or a whole marketing campaign, some custom software or an entire ERP setup - we've got you covered. We've been "Dreaming it Real" for over 10 years because we create innovative and insightful custom solutions for e...

June 22, 2011
hitcents
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Written By Adam Diestelkamp

Typography

Typography, simply put, is the manipulation of type and letterforms, and it is an essential part of all design. In the past, the tools to manipulate and create type were limited and painstakingly slow. However, today these tools are available to the masses, opening up worlds of opportunity, but at the same time, cheapening the art of typography. The skillful use of typography can set a design on the next level, and &n...

June 17, 2011
design
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Written By Jon Peppers

NOSQL - Just another buzzword?

These days, SQL (structured query language) has been the core mechanism for storing and accessing data within any application.  It has many advantages, such as: reliability, scalability, fast lookup, and the ability to generate any type of report you can think of.  Conventional database systems have their disadvantages as well, which is where NOSQL-based systems have surfaced to fill in the gaps.  RDBMS...

June 16, 2011
development / technology
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Written By Ed Mills

Top Ten Mistakes Companies make on Facebook

1. Leaving Out Company BrandingFacebook has made it possible for companies to take their branding, some of which may have cost thousands of dollars, and transfer it to your profile with the same look and feel of your store front or your website.I highly recommend not creating a Facebook page without researching all the available tools to customize and enhance your Facebook image. Branding often times is about consiste...

May 25, 2011
social media
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Written By Clinton Mills

UPS vs. FedEx API integration

I have recently taken on the task of integrating FedEx and UPS shipping into Omniprise’s shipping manager for rate calculations, printing shipment labels, and integrating package tracking. I researched the web for some comparisons between the two API with no success. Since Omniprise is now fully integrated into both UPS and FedEx, I will share my experiences so that other people looking for differences betwe...

May 18, 2011
development / technology
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Written By Robert Camp

Organic Growth: Why it's good for your business

Organic growth of your business is always good, but it can come with some problems down the road with your tech infrastructure.  Hitcents started out with modest server capacity in a room that used to be a bank vault.  The bank vault was secure, but the space is very rigid (difficult to modify). Below is a picture of the first major hardware installation in progress from back in 2003.  At the time,...

May 06, 2011
business
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Written By Charles Atkinson

Lego’s, Lincoln Logs and OmniAPI

I remember as a child playing with Lego's and having a blast. I could build and build to my heart’s desire, whatever my imagination let me dream up. Houses, cars, rocket ships and boats, just to name a few, are the technical accomplishments I achieved.

Part of it I’m sure fuels my creativity and desire to dream today. But there was a problem; I could only use Lego's in my creation and I also had these ancient ...

April 25, 2011
omniprise
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